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Nice Girls Don't Get Rich: 75 Unavoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money

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Nice Girls Don't Get Rich Now in trade paperback, the national bestseller that tackles the 75 financial mistakes women make that keep them from acquiring the wealth they deserve. Full description
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Headline (first published April 15th 2005)
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Vonetta
Dec 31, 2008 Vonetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life. I couldn't put it down. I'm the kind of person who thinks that thinking like a man is beneath me, but I guess it makes sense with regards to money. It made me think about the real reasons why I spend (elliciting some self-induced Dr. Phil moments), but it has inspired me to be more cautious about how I spend. I mean, I can't even walk into a store without experiencing cognitive dissonance or thinking about the condo that I so desperately want to purchase in the next 7 ...more
Joanna Vaught
60 of these 75 mistakes are so obvious that, frankly, if women are really making these mistakes on a regular basis, they shouldn't even be allowed to have money. i wanted a book that told me practical ways to invest and save, not bullshit advice like: "stop shopping!" and "don't give money away!"
Brandee Spears
Nov 07, 2012 Brandee Spears rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


If you looking for inspiration to get started on changing your financial lifestyle, this is a great start. If you're looking for an overall how-to for investing, this isn't the book for you. It's sort of like Rich Dad, Poor Dad but aimed at I powering women.
Diana
Nov 23, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women!!
Shelves: read-it-keep-it
This book carries the same message as Destiny's Child's Independent Woman Pt. 1 song. Except for the 'only ring your celly when I am feeling lonely, when it's all over please get up and leave.' That happens to be my favorite lines, though. LOL.
Working in a bank helps me to be smart in investing. I got to know where to put my money in the right investment which will help me to get rich hahaha well, you have to let your money work for you, no?
And I think, being financially independent is a must
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Mireille
I read the translated version of the book, in Finnish, which made some of language seem off; either condescending or simply nonsensical as direct translations of phrases often don't work.
Aside from that since the translation is obviously not part of the original deal you get with a book: most items in the book are pretty darn obvious. There are next to no actual investment tips and the examples "from real life" are often of people who are already extremely privileged. If you have 10,000 USD to i
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Stephanie
Apr 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: money
Some tips were great to read at this time in my life. I need to greatly consider whether or not we pay off our mortgage early and this book is leaning me towards researching other options.

Other tips were less relevant or more obvious. Like don't let your adult children leech off of you, but I'm sure there are plenty of retirement age people wondering what the hell happened.

Not a bad book, but I didn't find it particularly revelatory.

I did like her all-inclusive approach to picking topics and lis
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Tejumade
This is an interesting book, with an interesting title. But it seem it's just reminding me of everything I already know. I like the title though, so I put the book in a conspicous place on my Book-shelf- seeing the title everyday put me in check from going overboard..
Gwen
Sep 02, 2016 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: Read Harder Challenge 2015: a self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered "self improvement")
I'm not sure who this book's intended audience is. Maybe women of a certain age and of an upper middle-class background who are recently divorced or widowed, and are just now having to learn about how to manage money? The expectation throughout is that there is money, including inheritances, which seems odd today—11 years after the book was published, after a global recession, after the hollowing of the middle class, when the stock market no longer has historical returns of 10.4 percent annually ...more
Rabi Ekore
Dec 14, 2016 Rabi Ekore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Financial wisdom for the "traditional" women. I keep re-reading this book. it is a financial reference book for me.
Jenny
Dec 08, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although there is some sound advice in this book, some of it is completely ridiculous for the average reader. Starting your own foundation? A majority of the women reading this book are not going to be so well off that they can just up and start their own foundation.

There were some solid attempts to be inclusive to non-straight women, but for the most part focused on straight women in traditional gender roles in their relationships.

The most valuable part of this book for me was advice on the am
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Vince_nova
Sep 17, 2007 Vince_nova rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every women who want to manage their money wisely
Buku ini memaparkan dan mengingatkan kita (especially for women) beberapa kebiasaan yang sering kita lakukan secara sadar ataupun nggak,,,,yang ternyata measukkan kita ke dalam kategori cewek yang boros,,,,

Di buku ini juga kita dituntun dan ditunjukkan step2 apa yang harus kita lakukan untuk mengubah kebiasaan2 (yang tergolong kurang baik)tersebut,,,,sesuai dengan nilai terkecil yang kita peroleh saat melakukan penilaian terhadap diri kita pribadi sehubungan dengan cara kita manage keuangan (Jad
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Laurie
Jul 03, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but not as much as "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office." After taking the self-assessment at the beginning of the book, it was clear I needed help. But this book was written 10 years ago and did feel a little dated. Who balances their checkbook anymore because who uses checks? Some of the questions in the assessment were not relevant to me either, so it did make it hard to take. I think this book is not so much for young women but more for women of a certain age who are lo ...more
Bridgette
I guess the operative word here is girls. I found the advice to be sound. However, I have always been independent and managed my own income, so much of the book did not apply to me. Also, since my early twenties I have made sure to educate myself on how to manage income and investments and to understand the language of it. A few items toward the end of the book were good reminders to me that it is again time to reevaluate my current investments. I recommend this book for younger women are those ...more
Doris
Jul 16, 2011 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Skipped over some of the topics. I like how the author identifies myths that women grow up with. For example, the idea that a woman doesn't have to be concerned with financial planning because they can always marry a rich man. Frankel offers practical advice and encouragement for women in all stages of life. I don't have a traditional job so some of the information was not relevant for my situation, but overall it was a good, thought provoking read. I like ...more
Kate
Oct 30, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I didn't actually finish this - because what it taught me is I have failed financial know how 101!! I avedly read the bits that I clearly required and then took myself off to the net to find myself some useful and slightly less advanced information to be getting on with.

It was a game changer for me (wohoo) her first chapter on learning what you don't know, a real epiphany and hopefully she has got me headed in the right direction!

A big thank you and shout out to Lois P. Frankel xxx
Tricia
Apr 26, 2016 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great resource to point you in the right direction to take control of your financial future. I've learned a lot from it, sone things that I never thought of before, and plan to keep it as a reference tool in the future. My only negative comment is that it needs to be updated - some of her advice is using outdated tools and resources. But overall, a lot of great advice and suggestions.
Emily
Jan 28, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this book, Lois Frankel had some great ideas and tips. Some of the things were pretty common sense to me, but perhaps they're not to everyone. I think the thing I found the least helpful about this book has more to do with the fact that I don't have a full-time job with a disposal income and such. And that's not the author's fault. I'm sure that if I were reading this a couple of years from now it might be more useful.
Valerie
Aug 14, 2007 Valerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Informative but repetitive. Not as impressed with this book as I was with "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office." I think the author just didn't have enough material and ended up regurgitating information towards the end. However, I will look into the book recommendation made throughout the book.
Jayelle Hughes
To be honest, I knew much of what was discussed in the book. But the way the author puts the information makes you think "why do I do that?" or "why don't I do that?" For instance, the chapter that discusses demanding fair pay from everyone as a strong intelligent woman instead of giving away your time and services for free really hit home. I definitely recommend this read.
Fernanda La Salye
Longe de ser mais um livro sobre planejamento financeiro, a obra surge com a missão de levar à leitora a saber como conquistar a sua independência financeira e explicar o motivo pelo qual as mulheres, presas às formas de pensar e aos comportamentos com os quais foram criadas, não acumulam a riqueza necessária para desfrutar a beleza da vida, em todos os sentidos.
Sally Siawidjaja
Aug 05, 2008 Sally Siawidjaja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiksi
Must read book for all women. Maybe this book is similar to many other type of money management book, but since this is the first book I've read on the subject of women and money, I quite enjoy it. I like that it gave some real examples of how women are easy to get seduce by men and lose all their money. We've been warned....
Katrina
Aug 05, 2008 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous complement to Nice Girls Dont Get the Corner Office. We all know money doesn't buy you happiness, but neither does poverty. Women are constantly bombarded by messages that we aren't supposed to have the money that men do- money is power and women aren't supposed to be powerful. Bull. Learn how to acquire, manage and invest your money.
Aimee
Aug 12, 2008 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women who want to secure their financial futures
Recommended to Aimee by: Sheila
Shelves: 2008
Overall I liked the way this book was laid out. It didn't just tell you what you're doing wrong, it gave at least 3 tips for success. Some of the "mistakes" were the basic variety of not being assertive and asking what you're worth or shopping too much, but there were some others that weren't the usual variety.
Rebecca
Oct 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, finance, 2008
I loved her first one "Nice girls don't get the corner office", but found this one was pretty much the same things you read in other finance books and common sense.

Some good basic start if you are struggling financially but for an avid saver and minimal spender the best advice was have a clear direction of how much savings you actually require so you can enjoy life within your means.
Stephanie
Jun 20, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and easy to follow, especially for an ignorant "nice girl" trying to tackle the basics of financial management. As a woman just beginning my career, many of the chapters did not apply to me just yet (no mortgage, etc.) but it was good to hear a synopsis of what I will need to know soon.
Tessha
Sep 02, 2008 Tessha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
The title was a turn off, so in part I admit I read out of spite. I will say that it's wise for all of us to take a closer look at the gender tendancies and generational habbits behind our financial moves. Although it is taylored to women either gender would benefit. I have noticed in the past few years more and more women taking an interest in personal finance and I'm all about that.
Jennifer
Dec 02, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really made me re-evaluate money and finances. It talks about women's relationships with money and why we tend to spend/invest the way we do. It also talks about the glass ceiling and how you can try to overcome it. I realized that even though I am still in college, I need to have a plan for the future. Really good book!
Elyssa
Feb 13, 2008 Elyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Another book from my female VP mentor--all of the women in my office are passing around and reading these Lois Frankel books with the hope of getting ahead!

This book is chock full of good information, but I already knew most of it from seeing a financial adviser and reading other money management books. Still, it's good book because it is well organized with bite size pieces of advice.

Heather
Jul 18, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows a similar format to Dr. Frankel other book, "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office." It's an easy to read format with common sense but helpful information. It's a good book for all females (and even males) to get practical skills (or a refresher) on planning and preparing well for the financial future.
Kristy
Feb 18, 2008 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was actually anticlimatic....should have saved the money and just read it in the bookstore, only saving grace is that I did buy it on bargain books
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